Dlamini-Zuma sworn in as MP

ANC presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is now officially an MP.

Dlamini-Zuma‚ the ex-wife of President Jacob Zuma‚ was sworn in as an MP behind closed doors on Thursday.

The former chairperson of the AU Commission and Home Affairs Minister is Zuma faction’s preferred candidate to take over the leadership of the ANC at the party’s elective conference in December.

“Zuma seems unconcerned about the effect this move will have on Parliament where ANC infighting is already undermining parliamentary work‚” said Steenhuisen.

The race for the ANC presidency is widely regarded as a two-horse race between Dlamini-Zuma and deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa.

Dlamini-Zuma’s move to Parliament has also sparked rumours of another reshuffle of the national executive to accommodate her in Zuma’s Cabinet.

DA chief whip John Steenhuisen said Dlamini-Zuma’s deployment will “cripple Parliament”.

“Zuma seems unconcerned about the effect this move will have on Parliament where ANC infighting is already undermining parliamentary work‚” said Steenhuisen.

“Dlamini-Zuma’s elevation to MP and likely Cabinet minister seems to be a carefully orchestrated move to buttress her presidential campaign. It amounts to nothing less than state resources being used to support a candidate for the ANC presidency.”

He added: “The DA sees Dlamini-Zuma for what she is – more of the same from the ANC. As a strong supporter and close family to Jacob Zuma‚ Dlamini-Zuma will only protect the president and his allies while deliberately ignoring the interests of South Africa and its people. Her interests only lie on protecting the corrupt and failed legacy of Jacob Zuma‚ the Guptas and the ANC.”

By: Bekezela Phakathi – BusinessLIVE

Source: TMG Digital.

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